Air filters are an important part of vehicle maintenance. What many people don’t realize is you actually have two filters; one for your engine, and a cabin filter to filter the air coming into your car. Both of them function the same way but have entirely different purposes. They are often neglected, particularly the cabin filter, and yours may need to be changed right now. This guide, provided by Mercie J Auto Care in Mesa, AZ, highlights the importance of filters, symptoms of an overused one, and how to maintain them.
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At Mercie J Auto Care in Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction, AZ, it’s important to us that you see the value in the work we do. Over the course of the past decade, depending on what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, it may seem like oil changes have gotten more expensive, and there’s a lot of differentiation in pricing at different locations. What’s going on?
Failed engine mounts are an irritating issue to live with causing your car or truck to vibrate and you don't know why. At Mercie J Auto Care in Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction, AZ, we can help, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive and it is an easy issue to detect on a test drive.
There are a few indicators your engine mounts need to be replaced. For one, you can do a visual inspection, if they’re accessible enough - if they looked cracked, smashed, or dry-rotted, it’s probably time for new ones. If the engine visibly shakes while it’s running, engine mounts are also likely the culprit. However, if you are like most drivers you simply get in and drive on down the road until something is different or a light comes on! Then you call our shop for help!
There are a few things that matter when mounting new tires on your vehicle. First, you want it done right. Second, you want it done fast. For both, Mercie J Auto Care in Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction, AZ has you covered.
There is a reason we check your brake fluid when you come in for a service check. Maintenance pays big dividends and we want to avoid high repair costs for our Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction drivers. Did you know that brake service isn't just all about the brake pads, drums & rotors? That we have found low brake fluid to be the cause of a large percentage of brake issues here at Mercie J Auto Care? Seriously, brake fluid is an important part of your braking system and with your service intervals being less frequent on the newer vehicles 5,000-10,000 more miles this has become an issue! Why?...
It doesn't matter if you are driving a car or truck, jeep or SUV, a diesel 4x4 or a classic when those dash warning lights go off the first thing you do is think "how bad is it?" and "how much will it cost me?" followed quickly by "when was my last service visit?"!! Driving your vehicle longer safely is all about getting it serviced based on what your vehicle manual recommends and these warning lights are alerting you to a situation that requires your attention.
While not all warning lights are a sign that disaster is imminent, no warning indicator light should ever be ignored!
Every car, truck, van, and SUV on the road today has headlights. However, you've probably noticed an increase in different types of headlights in more recent years - gone are the days where every vehicle on the road had the same bulb. Here is some information on headlights, from Mercie J Auto Care in Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction, AZ.
Your fleet or commercial vehicles are heavy duty machines that see a lot of wear and tear. When your engine mounts begin to fail, sometimes it feels like the whole vehicle is falling apart. Get your vehicle back into shape with the professional technicians at Mercie J Auto Care in Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction, AZ.
If you drive a performance or luxury vehicle made by manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, Subaru, Land Rover, Porsche, etc., you’re probably no stranger to state of the art electronics, sensors, and control systems. At Mercie J Auto Care, our technicians have the right knowledge, ability, and equipment necessary to keep your car or SUV in top-notch condition.
You’ve decided to replace your engine - but what do you replace it with? There are a few different options out there, and Mercie J Auto Care in Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction, AZ has the info you need.
Exhaust issues are extremely common, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive. At Mercie J Auto Care in Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction, AZ, we can get your exhaust back in shape in no time.
Exhaust issues tend to be neglected, and we get that; there are just other parts of your vehicle that you'd rather focus on. Besides a clogged catalytic converter, there isn’t much risk of damage from a bad exhaust system - it negatively affects your gas mileage, and the sound is annoying, but other than that, it’s an issue many people learn to live with.
What condition are your tires in? At Mercie J Auto Care in Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction, AZ, we want to make sure you can tell. A simple visual inspection is all you need - it’s easy if you know what to look for.
When you are having trouble with your car or truck starting and you open the hood up to take a peek to see this....you'll see what an overly corroded battery looks like. This happens naturally over time on vehicle battery terminals. If you are like 99% of normal Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction drivers, you don't check your oil or your battery so you don't keep an eye on the amount of corrosion that's building up on your car or truck battery. Here at Mercie J Auto Care, we do and there are solvents that we can use here in the shop during a battery maintenance service that will help slow the corrosion process but nothing that can prevent it 100%. Way before it gets to this point, we will be suggesting you consider replacing the battery.
Manual transmissions are generally more reliable than automatic transmissions. They don’t have as many parts, aren’t as complex, and can take a lot more abuse. However, if an issue is allowed to persist, more and more damage to surrounding components on your manual transmission will occur. Mercie J Auto Care in Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction, AZ can help you take care of your car as soon as you notice a problem.
Repairs are costly and we all want to avoid them including our team here at Mercie J Auto Care! It's our job and we take it seriously. Here, it is all about keeping your car or truck serviced and looking for problems "before" they happen to avoid those high repair costs and ensuring you avoid any breakdowns when it's hot outside or cold outside as either is a problem for our Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction drivers! Nobody can forsee a flat tire or blowout due to running over a nail, but we can avoid some of the regular issues we see all the time such as....
The time to know if your brakes are going bad is NOT when you go to stop at that red light or on the parkway when someone suddenly swerves in front of you. It's not always "just" brake pads either, your brake master cylinder could be an issue. How do you recognize the signs that you have a real problem with your brake master cylinder and just what is it? Here atMercie J Auto Care in Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction, AZ we not only have the answers, but we also put together a service schedule for you and keep an eye on issues based on your driving habits, vehicle type and your description of issues you are having. We treat your car, truck or SUV as if it were ours keeping you informed of issues we find so you can get them fixed "before" there are larger repair bills so you can keep your vehicle Newer - Longer! Below is everything you need to look for and tips on your brake master cylinder.
With all fleets and commercial vehicles, there comes a time you have to decide - do we fix this vehicle, or replace it? At Mercie J Auto Care in Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction, AZ, we’re here to help you figure that out.
At Mercie J Auto Care we offer only the best products to our Mesa, Gilbert, & Apache Junction drivers, that’s why we’re excited to announce the newest offering from Jasper Engines & Transmissions. JASPER is the nation’s leader in remanufactured engines and drivetrain products and now they are offering Ford/International 7.3L/444TE Diesel Cylinder Heads.
Sometimes it is EASY to see if your car or truck needs to come into our shop for professional repairs!
1. You see steam rising from the engine!
2. The Check Engine Light is on!
3. The engine starts, but there is an odor that is not right.
4. You hear grinding or thumping noises.
Once you’ve got your new tires installed on your diesel truck, you’ll want to keep them in good shape. Tires aren’t difficult to maintain, and maintaining them correctly will dramatically increase their longevity. Inspection and maintenance are the two key components to making sure they last.